The United Way campaign heads into its final stretch just short of its $1.25 million goal.
It's time for the procrastinators to get into gear.
At least that's the message Hank Booth, chairman of the United Way of Douglas County's 1998-99 campaign, is spreading as the annual fund-raising drive heads into its last few days.
As of Monday afternoon, the campaign was still about $150,000 short of its $1.25 million goal. The fund-raising drive officially ends Thursday, though history tells the United Way that donations will continue to float in well into next year.
"The procrastinators among us need to find that form or write that check so we can wrap up the campaign," Booth said. "As of today, we're at a little less than $1.1 million."
The chairman said it's crucial that the United Way, which serves 30 non-profit agencies, meet its goal this year because last year's campaign fell short of its mark. Agency budgets were adjusted downward, and Booth said that was not something he wanted to see happen again this year.
"I'm optimistic, but I'll always be optimistic until somebody proves me wrong," he said.
Last year, the campaign raised $1.69 million for human service, health service and "character-building" agencies ranging from Brookcreek Learning Center, Penn House, Douglas County AIDS Project, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Project Acceptance.
People who would like to donate to the campaign and don't have a form can get one by calling the United Way at (785) 843-6626 or stopping by at 2518 Ridge Ct. Many employers in Lawrence offer payroll deduction for donations.
The campaign celebration is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Farmland Industries. Booth will announce the total raised about 6 p.m.
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